Decorate My Home, Part 15 – Shower Curtain


My bathrooms have been naked since we moved in.

Towels, hand soap, and a few other necessities.

That’s it.

So today I added some color to one of the bathrooms.

By way of a new shower curtain.

With some big ‘ol fabric rosette’s.

Over a strip of coordinating fabric….

I kind of adore the rosette’s….even all scrunched up to one side.

But why not make your own shower curtain, in the exact color you’d like? Instead of hunting and hunting for the perfect curtain. (And you can leave off the rosette’s, add multiple strips of fabric, add gathers, designs, whatever…..get creative.)

Are you in need of a new shower curtain?

Here’s how I made mine:

I bought 4 1/4 yards of fabric (this fabric collection was designed by Laura Gunn) for my main piece. (This fabric is 100% cotton…..but you could use a variety of fabrics.) I cut the yardage in half, so I had two, 2 1/8 yard pieces (or 76.5 inches). I sewed them together side by side (along the 76.5 inch side) to make the main piece wide enough for a shower curtain. Then I ironed this seam flat. (do you see the bottom edge of the fabric is folded up just to show you the seam from the front?)

Then I trimmed off some along each side so that my main piece was 72 inches x 76 inches long.

Next, I folded each 76.5 inch side under a 1/2 inch and then another 1/2 inch and then sewed this in place.

Then I folded the top of the curtain down 2.5 inches and then 2.5 more inches and pinned it in place.

Then I sewed this in place close to the bottom fold. Then I spaced out 12 pins evenly along the top, marking the place where the shower curtain hooks will go.

Then I made inch-long button holes about 1/2 an inch from the top, where each pin was. (And you are sewing through 3 layers of fabric, so they should hold up pretty well.)

Then I cut two strips of fabric that were each 5.5 inches wide and were 44 inches long (the width of the fabric I bought). I sewed them together at one end so that I had a nice long piece that was 5.5 inches tall. I ironed each of the long sides under 1/2 inch.

Then I pinned this panel of fabric 8.5 inches down from the top of the curtain (but place it however far down you’d like it).

Then I cut the excess of each end off, leaving 1/2 inch at each end.

Next, I tucked each end under, making it even with the edge of the curtain, and pinning it in place.

Then I sewed around the entire piece of fabric, really close the the edge…..attaching this panel to the curtain.

Then I made 6 fabric rosette’s that are about 3 3/4 inches in diameter. I did so by using strips of fabric that were 3.5 x 42 inches. (refer to this post here for rosette tutorial.) Instead of glue, I used thread and hand stitched as I wound the fabric around and around. And then I hand-stitched the rosette’s to the curtain….spacing them along the fabric panel.

And then I hung my curtain (with a clear plastic curtain behind it)…

…and freshened up the bathroom.

**More will be added to this bathroom in posts to come…


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34 Responses to “Decorate My Home, Part 15 – Shower Curtain”
  1. 1
    Shayna Mills says:

    So cute and just love the idea of having an "original" shower curtains.

  2. 2
    the thrifty ba says:

    the rosettes do make it! the whole thing was wonderful!

  3. 3
    Polly C says:

    I love the flower addition. Great job!

  4. 4
    McKella says:

    That is so cute! The blue and the orange look great together!


  5. 5
    Meet Virginia says:

    This turned out great! Thanks for the awesome tute!!


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  6. 6
    sara says:

    that is very cool

  7. 7
    Tonia says:

    So cute! I never would have thought to make my own shower curtain!

  8. 8
    Lisa says:

    The flowers are such a cute added accessory! Don't you think flowers can be used on just about anything to make it look pretty? : )

  9. 9
    Craftify It! says:

    I love your rosettes! I made some rosettes for my playroom curtains I made last week & was toying around with what I thought about them. I was using mine on a TIE to hold the curtains back.

    Anyways. I love yours & thanks for the tutorial. I need a curtain for our hall bath, but shower curtains are SO OVERPRICED! Thx

  10. 10
    The Studes says:

    what a fantastic idea. I must go out and try this now. =)to the fabric store!!!

  11. 11
    Caroline says:

    My current shower curtain is so ugly, but it never occurred to me that I could sew a new one myself! Thanks!

  12. 12
    Jenni S says:

    Love it!

  13. 13
    Photo Mommy says:

    I just did this myself only I got a plain shower curtain for $2 then dressed it up!

  14. 14
    Sunshine of Seven says:

    The colors are bright and fun, and perfect for both genders. I love the 'Rosettes'!

  15. 15
    The Noalls says:

    Ashley, I feel like I know you. And sometimes I think it's because you're watching me, or reading my mind! ;) Seriously, so many times I'll be pondering whether I could make my own this or that, and the other day, it was a shower curtain! Not even a week later, and look! Lol. It's very pretty and well-made. May I ask how much it cost you to make?

  16. 16
    Anderson says:

    It looks fabulous! Great job. You're such an inspiration… really. :)

  17. 17
    Christina says:

    Really neat! What type of fabric do you use for this?

  18. 18
    Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    This is a super tutorial!

  19. 19
    Parkin Family says:

    I am a huge fan of your blog! I LOVE the shower curtain idea. I might have to try that one. I was just wondering if you have ever made a cover for a folding chair. I have some really cute zebra fabric that I want to cover the folding chair in my office with (and then tie a pink sash around it). Any idea how to make one? You can email me at [email protected] if you have a pattern or suggestions. Thanks!

  20. 20
    Anissa says:

    Very cute once again! Thanks for the tute!

  21. 21
    Kerry B says:

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial and inspiration! Moving into new digs soon and it's just what I needed.

    You could use grommets instead of button holes if you wanted. Easy to do and they are usually in the notions department–especially nice if you have boys, like me!

  22. 22
    Tyler and Karisa says:

    I just love the way the curtain looks! You make it look so simple! ;)
    btw- hope you don't mind my comments… I'm a blog stalker of yours. I love all your cute crafts! :)

  23. 23
    John says:

    Very cute, and it does freshen it up. I'm hoping to try a bunch of these projects when we get our own place. Plant and Garden Blog

  24. 24
    John says:

    P.S. My name is Ann. I commented under my husbands google account. That'd look kind of funny.

  25. 25
    Helen says:

    Absolutley loving this idea!!!

    Also, wanted to let you know I'm passing on the Sunshine Award and the Beautiful Blogger Award on to YOU! Check it out here:


  26. 26
    Camron and Lonna Connolly says:

    You are truly SO talented! Count your blessings I try . . .but thats it just TRY!

  27. 27
    [email protected] says:

    That is so pretty! I love the fabric combo you used. Blue and orange are gorgeous. Thanks so much for the details, I'll be linking.

  28. 28
    Cole says:

    LOVE it and the rosettes, how cute and simple thanks to your pics :)

  29. 29
    Mackenzie Richards says:

    I LOVE your website!! And this is perfect because for the last couple weeks I have been wanting to find a new shower curtain. I guess I will have to make a trip to the fabric store :) I am so grateful for your cute ideas and easy to follow instructions.

  30. 30
    CLewis says:

    Beautiful!! I absolutely love the colors and the rosette's are adorable:)

  31. 31
    plumbing says:

    We have lots of options to choose from. But I guess women are really good in choosing.

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    nicole says:

    thank you. this is just want i need. now to go get some pink, grey and alittle white fabric!